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(invertebrate zoology)
An order of the dibranchiate cephalopods, characterized by having eight arms equipped with one to three rows of suckers.



an order of marine cephalopod mollusks of the subclass Dibranchiata. Some zoologists consider the Octopoda to comprise only members of the family Octopodidae—the octopuses. The body is short and posteriorly oval; some species have one or two pairs of fins. The head is surrounded by eight long tentacles, or arms. (The term “Octopoda” came into use because the arms were formerly called legs.) In males, one tentacle (less frequently, two) has been modified into a copulatory organ, the hectocotylus. The arms are joined together by a thin membrane and are equipped with suckers. The body length, including the arms, ranges from several cm to 6 m.

Octopoda inhabit waters with a salinity of no less than 3 percent and are found at depths ranging from shallows to 8 km. The majority are benthic animals that use their arms for locomotion. Pelagic forms include some deep-water species and the Argonauta. Octopoda that inhabit shallows have an ink gland, which releases a cloud of inky fluid in defense against enemies. Deep-water Octopoda do not have an ink gland; some have organs of luminescence. Female Argonauta have a shell in which they nurture their developing young. All Octopoda are active predators. In turn, they serve as food for a number of marine mammals and fishes.

Of the approximately 200 species of Octopoda, about 30 are found in the USSR, in the seas of the Far East and in the northern Arctic Ocean. In a number of countries of South Asia, East Asia, and Southern Europe, Octopoda are used as food and are commercially valuable. A fishing industry for these mollusks is now being established in the USSR, in the seas of the Far East.


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They said it was a depth record for an octopod without fins.
The remotely operated underwater vehicle Deep Discoverer came across the octopod near Necker Island, or Mokumanamana, on the northwestern end of the Hawaiian Archipelago.
Research by Michael Oellermann, Hans Portner and Felix Mark at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany, looked at how octopods are able to supply oxygen to tissues in freezing temperatures.
It swims with fins and the webbing between its arms, while the other glowing octopods motor through the sea by squirting water jets.
Octopods from the R/V Pillsbury southwestern Caribbean cruise, 1966, with a description of a new species, Octopus zonatus.
Previous DNA sequence diversity and phylogenetic relationships of octopods have been investigated using the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (mtCO I), mtCO II, mtCO III, 16S rRNA gene (Carlini & Graves1999, Carlini et al.
None of the genera of the four families of the pelagic argonautoid octopods are transparent, and the pelagic Bolitaenidae are better described as translucent (Nesis, 1982).
4) with increasing temperatures; this is similar to observations in temperate octopods.
Except in the octopods and cranchiid squids, CS activity in the arm tissue was generally lower than that found in either mantle or fin tissue.